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Party party!

Santa came to town

‘This is My Life’ at the Playhouse Chiang Mai

Ladies night out features leather and lace

Party party!

Pheuanthai holds its 3rdannual Thailand Christmas party

Dirk Weeber –Arayatumsopon, center presents Raya Luelai (left) with the work
 of artist Sittichai Pugdeepetcha that she bid for in the charity auction.

Thailandfreunde EV or Pheaunthai (Friends of Thailand) held its annual Christmas party at L’Auberge Restaurant and the event saw the charitable organization raise 16,000 baht to distribute to several charitable organizations. Recently Pheuanthai donated 250,000 baht to the Northern School for the Blind and 30,000 for victims of the flooding in Southern Thailand.

The evening’s theme, “The spirit of Christmas, Help people in need” saw a fundraising auction of the works of Sittichai Pugdeepetcha after attendees enjoyed the food at the French restaurant. Christmas carols were sung and gifts were given out and Frank Wheaby and Rayal Luelai were the lucky door prize winners, enjoying an early Christmas.

Diana Figueroa joins Pheuanthai President Wuttipong Arayatumsopon,
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon and Pheuanthai member Mari for the evening.

 

Santa came to town

The annual children’s Christmas Party was held at the Chiangmai Gymkhana Club on December 12 this year and a busy crowd it was. The arrival of Santa on an elephant had children abandoning the magic act to stream after Santa like he was the Pied Piper of Hamelin! The magic act brought oohs and aahhs from children of all ages, but Santa was the star of the show and happy children clustered around receiving their presents. Afterwards the kids got to play a traditional Mexican game whacking a pi๑ata created by Kevin and Randi Egan of Miguel’s in Nong Hoi. A pi๑ata is a traditional Mexican decoration made from cardboard, stuffed with toys and treats and then covered in papier mache. The Sunday Christmas picnic is an annual event for Chiang Mai families and one that the children look forward to eagerly every year. Santa on an elephant will certainly be a memory these children cherish for years. (Story and photo by Shana Kongmun)


‘This is My Life’ at the Playhouse Chiang Mai

Nadda Viyakarn Delights Her Fans

Making a triumphant return to the concert stage in Chiang Mai, after an absence of ten years, entertainer Nadda Vitakarn proved to her enthusiastic admirers that she has lost none of her dynamic appeal and vivacity. Supported by an energetic team from the Playhouse dancers and singers, she gave a two- hour show blending her many Thai hits with popular western show tunes such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and other well know songs including, of course, This is My Life.

She also pleased he audience with reminiscences of her career – on and off stage – and showing off glamorous costumes. At the supposed end of the show cries of encore and more, please forced her to take a short break and come back for even more songs.

Chiang Mai has a generous share of pop concerts, jazz, classical music and visitors such as the recent swing band from Holland, but it can always welcome a true professional and on Monday evening 19th December the Playhouse audience did just that. Welcoming a Thai celebrity who echoes some of the pop divas from the U.S.A. and Britain, including Shirley Bassey whose influence and style is apparent on Nadda Viyakarn.

The show was briskly directed and well supported by the local team, proving that the venue is an ideal place for guest appearances to supplement the regular cabaret. The sight lines are excellent, acoustics good and the seats comfortable and well spaced. Let’s hope that this successful event will encourage further such evenings during the coming year. The Playhouse deserves to be widely used and appreciated in Chiang Mai and would also make an ideal home for occasional classical and other music happenings or even live theatre.


Ladies night out features leather and lace

The latest Ladies Night out took place at Miguel’s in Nong Hoi and featured a leather and lace lingerie show for the ladies of Chiang Mai by the ladies of Chiang Mai, although plenty of interested onlookers attended as well!. The evening at Miguel’s was great fun with the women dressing up in leather and lace lingerie and clothing walking the “catwalk” down the center of the restaurant to much hooting and hollering. The next Ladies Night out is scheduled for February 11, be sure to email [email protected] to get on the mailing list for this fun night out.



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